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Fitness club to stretch its reach

Calta's will occupy 28,000 square feet with a range from aerobics to yoga.

By MICHAEL CANNING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 26, 2002


SUPER CALTA'S COMING TO GANDY: If we didn't know any better, we would say Calta's Fitness Clubs is trying to make Xtreme Total Health and Fitness feel the burn.

The Tampa health club chain is renovating a 28,000-square-foot building at 4230 W Gandy Blvd. into a fitness clearinghouse -- a dumbbell's hurl from where Bally's used to be.

Besides the usual weight room stuff, there will be basketball, racquetball, a lap pool, a cardioboxing studio, rock climbing wall, golf simulator, chiropractic clinic, day care, day spa, aerobics studio, spinning room, whirlpool and sauna, personal trainers, yoga, a fruit smoothie bar and 50 televisions posted throughout.

What? No Internet?

"Nah," said Calta's Joe Booth. "They can play on that at home."

The project will take six to eight months to complete, he said.

FROM MAGGIE MOO'S TO MARBLE SLAB? The former Maggie Moo's ice cream shop at Old Hyde Park Village is stripped, but the decor remains.

It's downright haunting how the young cow in lipstick painted on the counter front beckons to oblivious shoppers outside the locked doors.

But then, a banner on the window promises, "Exciting changes are in store."

Tracy Zirfas, co-owner and operator of the Marble Slab Creamery franchise in Centro Ybor, says lease negotiations are under way for another store to open at the former Maggie Moo's.

Neither she nor village general manager Pat Westerhouse would comment on a possible opening date. But if an agreement is reached, the company could open by November, Zirfas says.

The Houston-based chain has more than 150 locations.

Its gimmick? Adding the customer's choice of toppings into homemade ice cream, using a frozen stone slab (granite, not marble).

BURGER KING TO BE REPLACED? Such a big South Tampa fuss was made over the new Steak n Shake and Chick-fil-A on Dale Mabry Highway, but who weeps for a fallen Burger King?

The Burger King at 2514 W Kennedy Blvd. has been closed for some time now, its patio area strewn with beer bottles and other litter. But Leslie Kinnaird of property owner CNL Franchise Network says the building is under contract. She would say only that a fast-food restaurant chain is proposing to move in, and that a mid-August closing is possible.

CUE THE ROSE ROYCE: Soon, you can feel the power of the Vector system.

Twin automatic bays. Touch-free. At least 80 percent of the water is reclaimed.

Sorry, it's just that Bob Betancourt's enthusiasm about his upcoming Water Toy Too Car Wash is contagious. Just like the 1976 hit by Rose Royce.

The former John Erb's Service Center at 4315 Henderson Blvd. is being reconfigured as a companion to Betancourt's Water Toy Car Wash at 6820 S MacDill Ave. The new one is tentatively scheduled to open Sept. 1.

It will have four vacuum islands and two self-service wash bays with 12-function wash wands.

Okay, all together now: "Workin' at the carwash."

COFFEE AND CLAWS: Monstah Lobstah and Starbucks have opened new locations at Bay to Bay Centre, on Bay to Bay Boulevard between Malijo and Concordia avenues.

The national coffee shop chain opened its doors July 13, and operates Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m to 11 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m to 10 p.m.

Monstah Lobstah, whose companion store is located on N Dale Mabry Highway, specializes in Maine lobster, lobster rolls and other shellfish. It opened July 4, and operates Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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